Megachurch Pastor ‘Salutes’ Obama on Gay Marriage, Claims ‘Jesus never said a word about homosexuality’ (VIDEO)
By David Jenkins - Crossmap On June 12, 2012
Pastor Frederick Haynes III
Rev. Frederick Haynes III, senior pastor at Friendship-West Baptist Church, delivered a sermon recently in which he expressed his views on homosexuality. The Dallas mega-church pastor agrees with President Obama's position on gay marriage and criticized other African-American leaders who disagree with Obama's views.
"Notice it does not say that all straight men are created equal. It does not say that all men unless you are gay or lesbian are created equal. He swore upon oath to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution, not the Bible, but the Constitution of the United States. He is not the pastor of the United States; he's the president of the United States. And for the first time in the history of this nation, we have a president who has dared to use his position to make the Democratic promise available not just for a select few who are up and in, but for everybody regardless of their race, their creed, their color or their sexual orientation."
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Rev. Haynes' declaration also expresses the evolving views of African-Americans on the controversial subject of same-sex unions.
"According to Thinkprogress.org, polls in Missouri, Pennsylvania and Maryland show that majority of African Americans support same-sex marriages and that more African Americans support marriage equality than the general public," The Huffington Post reported.
"Why are you so angry? Jesus never said a word about it [homosexuality]. ... Well, maybe we need to talk about what issues you may have, because evidently you've got some major issues, or there is an ignorance that is rooted in fear," Haynes continued to say.
"Y'all are not feeling this, but I'm going to preach the gospel anyhow, because you do understand, my brothers and sisters, that the sad reality is, we love to judge other folks' sins, because it keeps it off of us, as opposed to looking at us."
Check out a clip from the sermon below!